Emergency Alert System

Employees and students are instructed to call 911 in the event that they become aware of a dangerous situation. The 911 dispatch system will notify our Campus Security, who will in turn notify the ESA Alert Team. In the event that the alert is issued through campus services, i.e. gas leaks, power failure, etc., they can also call a member of the ESA Alert Team.

It is the responsibility of the DSU ESA Alert Team to determine the University’s response to an incident when it affects or has the potential to affect the larger campus community (beyond those in the immediate vicinity of the event) and to activate, if appropriate, notification protocols. In compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended, the University has implemented a comprehensive emergency notification system. In addition to e-mail and text-messaging, the system also sends notifications over the TV monitors located in all major buildings on campus. These varied systems allow the prompt disclosure of information about crimes on and/or near the campus that may pose an immediate and/or ongoing threat to the University community. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up to receive emergency notification text messages by following directions provided below.

In the event a situation arises, either on or off campus, that in the judgment of ESA Alert Team constitutes a serious or continuing threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued. This “Campus Crime Alert” will be issued using the emergency notification systems outlined above.

While the Clery Act mandates timely warnings for Clery crimes only, timely warning will be issued for any crime that is determined to pose a serious or continuing threat to the campus community.

In addition to the University’s Emergency Notification System, instructions on how to respond to various emergency situations are made available to all employees at http://www.dixie.edu/campus/File/Emergency%20Procedures%20booklet%284%29.pdf

They include basic and preventative action that should be taken, if and when possible.

Any member of the ESA Alert Team has the authority to issue an alert. Once the alert has been issued, the DSU EAS Alert Team who will continue to communicate and sending out ESA updates target audiences until an all clear is issued.

Honeywell Instant Alert Plus is an emergency notification service that enables Dixie State University to notify you quickly about a major emergency on campus and to provide you with information and instructions.

Messages are sent via phone, text and email. Students, faculty and staff phone numbers are in the Instant Alert Plus database pulled from MyDixie accounts. To add a cell phone number or other number to the system please follow the instructions below.

Contact information included in Instant Alert Plus system will be used ONLY for campus emergency notification and will NOT be made available to any other service. In an emergency, this will be used to broadcast warnings, directions and short messages. The screens, which are located in public areas of all campus buildings, will be used for general information during non-emergencies.

All of the information is also available on our website on the bottom of the Homepage under the heading “Emergency Information”.

Here are written steps to login and update you cell phone information:

  1. Go to the DSU homepage
  2. Click on My Dixie (upper-right-hand corner)
  3. Login with your Dixie ID and pin
  4. Once logged in, click on “Personal Information”
  5. Under the “Personal Information” tab, click on “Update Address and Phone Information”
  6. Click on “Current:” under the local address field (note: if you do not already have a local address in our system, you will need to create one by selecting “Local” from the drop-down list next to “Type of Address to Insert,” after which, you will need to click the “Submit” button.)
  7. Input (or verify) your current local address
  8. In the phone numbers area, under “Phone Type,” select “Cell Phone” and enter your cell phone number in the appropriate fields
  9. Finally, click “Submit” to submit your changes